All-on-4® Treatment as Part of Full Mouth Reconstruction
By Dr. Collier on April 02, 2018
When you’re missing multiple teeth, it’s important to consider your options for replacing these missing teeth. Dentists can craft a custom denture that restores the appearance of your smile as well as your ability to bite and chew. For some patients at our Cordova, TN practice, that means All-on-4®, which can support a full denture with just four dental implants.
As you can imagine, people who are missing many teeth may be experiencing other dental health issues apart from tooth loss. With that in mind, let’s consider how All-on-4® can be used as part of a full mouth reconstruction.
What Is a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
A full mouth reconstruction refers to a combination of dental procedures aimed at improving the overall health of a patient’s mouth. Thanks to a full mouth reconstruction, people facing major dental problems can get intensive treatment.
Full mouth reconstructions tend to involve the following:
- Dentures or bridges for missing teeth
- Crowns, inlays, onlays, or fillings for cavities and tooth damage
- Treatments for gum disease
- Treatments for periodontal recession
- Root canal therapy
- TMJ disorder treatment
In essence, if you have a complicated combination of dental problems, a full mouth reconstruction can solve these issues.
How Does All-on-4® Work?
All-on-4® treatment refers to the state-of-the-art placement of just four dental implants to support a full denture. The optimal placement of these dental implants is determined using advanced imaging technology and a full examination.
Patients who are ideal candidates for All-on-4® will be able to bite and chew again just like they did before tooth loss. In some cases, a patient’s bite is substantially improved, allowing them to experience all of the benefits of optimal dental health for the first time in many years.
How Stable Is an All-on-4® Denture?
All-on-4® dentures are extremely stable. Even though just four implants are used rather than six, their placement utilizes the full support of your dental arch, allowing for stability comparable to natural tooth roots. You won’t have to worry about the denture coming loose while biting, chewing, speaking, or laughing; no denture cream will be required either.
Addressing Other Dental Health Problems
While working on the placement for All-on-4® implants, we can also address your other dental health problems. Following a comprehensive examination, we can determine the ideal order in which to handle your dental health needs.
For instance, problems with gum disease or gum recession will often need to be addressed before considering All-on-4® as an option. Similarly, if a tooth can be saved, we can determine if a restoration will be worthwhile rather than extracting the tooth to make room for All-on-4®.
Is a Full Mouth Reconstruction Right for Me?
If you suffer from major dental problems, a full mouth reconstruction may be ideal for you. The best way to find out how All-on-4® and advanced restorative dentistry can improve your life is to schedule a consultation at our practice.
Learn More About Full Mouth Reconstruction
If you would like to learn more about full mouth reconstruction treatment and how we can help your smile look its very best, be sure to contact Southern Dental Implant Center. We will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about dental implants and other restorative dentistry options.
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